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Mediapro seals Canadian football deal with StarTimes

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro’s Canadian unit has sealed a distribution deal with Chinese-owned African pay TV operator StarTimes for coverage of the Canadian Premier League’s Island Games tournament currently taking place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The StarTimes deal will take the Canadian competition to 13 million pay TV subscribers in 47 territories across sub-Saharan […]

StarTimes picks up French La Liga rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Spanish football league La Liga has sold a package of broadcast rights to digital TV operator StarTimes in sub-Saharan Africa through to 2024. The deal will see the TV and OTT operator carry the French language broadcasts of the league in 47 territories. The operator will air live matches on its linear StarTimes Sport channels […]

DreamWorks channel launches on StarTimes in Africa

NBCUniversal International Networks’ (NBCUIN) DreamWorks family entertainment channel has launched across sub-Saharan African on the StarTimes pay TV platform. The DreamWorks channel is available on StarTimes’ platform as of yesterday, bringing a range of animated TV series to African viewers. The content line-up on the service includes Dragons: Race To The Edge, All Hail King […]

SPI/FilmBox takes TDC to Africa with StarTimes

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox has partnered with Chinese-owned African pay TV platform StarTimes to launch Turkish drama channel Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) and SPI’s gaming channel Gametoon in Africa. The agreement builds on an existing distribution deal covering Filmbox Africa and Fashionbox on StarTimes. Gametoon and TDC are being broadcast in English and Turkish, respectively. TDC will also air with English subtitles. […]

StarTimes picks up FA Cup in sub-Saharan Africa

StarTimes, the Chinese pay TV broadcaster with a strong presence in Africa, has acquired the rights to the English FA Cup and FA Community Shield in sub-Saharan Africa. Running through 201, the deal will allow the broadcaster to show the competition in all languages across its eight sports channels and ON OTT streaming service. StarTimes […]

African pay TV subscriber numbers to grow 74% by 2023

The number of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is due to increase by 74% between 2017 and 2023 to reach 40.89 million, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that over the same period Sub-Saharan pay TV revenue will climb by 41% to US$6.64 billion, with subscriber growth outstripping revenue as […]

StarTimes to roll out free digital TV across parts of rural Africa

Chinese pay TV outfit StarTimes is to make free-to-air digital TV available across parts of rural Africa. StarTimes Media Kenya’s director of brand marketing and public relations Japheth Akhulia told the Xinhua news agency that the group project would see about 10,000 villages given access to free digital TV. StarTimes has already conducted a pilot […]

Kwesé TV now available in Zimbabwe

Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has launched in Zimbabwe through a partnership with local player Dr Dish, obviating the need to acquire a separate licence of its own, according to local press reports. According to various local reports, Dr Dish, which holds a licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe dating from 2012 that is valid […]

Pay TV numbers rise in Kenya as DTT FTA boxes decline

Digital-terrestrial pay TV subscriptions are rising significantly in Kenya, while the number of free-to-air channels is declining, according to statistics published by the country’s Communications Authority. The number of pay TV subscribers in the market rose from 3.534 million to 3.743 million in the quarter to March, according to the government’s research, while the number […]

StarTimes set to launch Zimbabwean service

Chinese-backed pan-African pay TV provider StarTimes is set to launch in Zimbabwe under the StarSat brand, according to local reports. StarTimes country manager Brenda Matshazi told local news service TechZim that the pay TV outfit had secured a DTH licence and was in the process of setting up operations. According to the report, StarSat decoders […]

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